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Few accidents are as distressing as the death of an unattended child in a hot car. What makes it so tragic is that such incidents are preventable.
It is why KSL welcomes an aggressive local campaign to remind parents and other caretakers of young children to "Never Leave Your Child Alone." Drivers who often have youngsters as passengers are urged to make a habit of checking out their vehicle before getting out. Furthermore, the public is encouraged to call 911 if they see a child left alone in a car.
Hundreds of such deaths nationally in the last decade, including at least ten here in the Beehive State, justify the warning. Last summer, for example, two separate incidents claimed the lives of an infant and a toddler. Their busy moms somehow forget they'd left a child in the car.
It doesn't take long, even on a relatively mild day, for the temperature in a parked car to rise to deadly levels. It is tantamount to putting a child in an oven. Their little bodies have difficulty dissipating heat and hypothermia can quickly claim a life.
KSL encourages motorists who transport youngsters, to take these warnings seriously. "Never Leave Your Child Alone" is a slogan worth heeding.